NEWSLINE - 2017
 
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The Contact 811 Before You Dig Community is Proud to
Participate in The Tournament of Roses Parade for 2018!
 
 
 
For 129 years, The Tournament of Roses Parade has been a staple in our culture.  What started out as a small local event has grown into a huge media event televised nationwide as well as in 117 countries with 71 million viewers.  It is truly an event that celebrates the new beginning each year brings around the world.
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The Common Ground Alliance’s 2016 DIRT Report
 
The Common Ground Alliance (CGA), the stakeholder-run organization dedicated to protecting underground utility lines and the people who dig near them, released findings from its comprehensive 2016 Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT) Report.
This year’s DIRT Report highlights several key takeaways that demonstrate that despite the increase in damages submitted to Dirt, the industry continues to make progress in several key areas:
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Emergency Locate Requests Can Now Be Submitted Online

As more of Alabama 811’s request volume moves to the web, one of our most requested features has been the ability to enter emergency locate requests online. We have noted those requests and are excited to announce that our members facility companies will now be allowed to request emergency locates online through the web portal. Because of the sensitive nature of emergency requests this feature will initially be restricted to Alabama 811 members and approved users will be required to attend a short training session. These sessions are conducted by Alabama 811 staff at no cost and can be scheduled online through web conferencing or in person for large groups.

We have been contacting registered web portal users about the availability of this feature and the response has been extremely positive and our training schedule is filling up fast. If you are interested in entering emergencies online please contact Jennifer Lee to schedule a training session. Jennifer can be reached via email at jlee@al811.com or via phone at 205-731-3210.
 
 
 
APACT Windup
Over the last twelve years,  Alabama 811 has partnered with many of the gas and pipeline operators in the state to help those operators meet their public awareness goals in the form of the APACT (Alabama Public Awareness Training Cooperative) program. 
Each year, these operators are required to make contact with the emergency responders, excavators and public officials in their areas and provide some basic, but necessary information.  That information includes..
 
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Alabama 811 Welcomes Our New Members!
 
Our current membership is 425 members.  The entire alphabetical list of Alabama 811 members is available to download from our website at www.al811.com
For information on becoming a member of Alabama 811 or to request a membership packet, please contact Kim Jenkins at kjenkins@al811.com or 205.731.3200. 
 
Marathon Petroleum
City of Alabaster, Sewer
Coffee County Water Authority
Canadian National Railway, Fiber Optic
Pea River Electric Cooperative, Electric
Venture Oil and Gas, Gas Transmission
Town of Cowarts, Water and Sewer
Owens Cross Roads Water Authority
Alabama 811 is a non-profit organization established under Alabama Act 94-487.  Anyone engaging in excavation activities is required to notify underground facility owners at least two (2) full working days before any digging activities occur.  Alabama 811 helps to streamline this process by providing a “one call” service allowing excavators to notify area utility companies quickly and efficiently. Alabama 811 is funded by our member utility companies and is a free service to the excavating community.
 
 
Alabama 811 is pleased to welcome Gavin Doss as IT / GIS Specialist
 
With ever increasing ticket volumes, the move to 24 hour operations, and a growing reliance on remote ticket entry the demands placed on the technology department at Alabama 811 have continued to grow.  In order to meet these increasing demands Alabama 811 is pleased to announce that Gavin Doss has joined the Alabama 811 team as IT / GIS Specialist.  
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With extensive experience in GIS and Information Technology Gavin was able to hit the ground running and has helped Alabama 811 to not only keep up with all of the new demands placed on the technology department but has also allowed us to pursue new technology projects which will improve the overall experience for excavators and members. 
Gavin previously served as a Geospatial Analyst in the US Army and recently completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Geography from Park University.  In his free time he enjoys hiking with his wife and two children, running, and reading. Gavin says that the most exciting part of working at Alabama 811 so far has been to see different applications of GIS Technology.  However, learning to work with and implement a whole new set of technologies has also been his biggest challenge.  He also says that he looks forward to the fact that applying his skills will help increase safety throughout the state.
If you would like to send Gavin updated base map data (we are always looking for updates), member service area updates or just a kind word of welcome he can be reached at:
gdoss@al811.com or 205-731-3203.
 
 
    
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